I as much as everyone want's some Winter Snow...But since we have not had any big snowstorms in the Philadelphia Area for some time, I'd thought we take a trip back into time. The year 1996, Some of you I am sure remember this storm, but others (like me being young barely remember it) we were days away from a monster Blizzard that caused over 2 feet of snow to fall from Virginia up the East Coast on Jan. 6-8 1996. Some spots were well over 30 inches including Philadelphia. The Sweet spot in the storm was Philadelphia (If only we had storms like that now a days) I remember the storm briefly as I was only 9 years old but I will never forget seeing the construction vehicles plowing in Levittown (Bucks County,Pa) as a young boy that was am amazing site to see. Since that powerful storm I have always liked weather, and storms. This powerful storm killed over 150 people and cost an estimated $1 Billion dollars in damage. Also this powerful storm shut down the US Government for over a week. (Below are images taken from various News and Media sites) Here is a map of the storm from accuweather.
Here is a NOAA Map of the storm.
Below is an image from a Philadelphia Street
Here you see brothers in blue pushing a police car out of a snow bank.
I know I would like another storm of this size, how about you? and most being that since we all love the weather and SNOW so much it would be amazing to track something a storm of this size. As I am sure many of you have Great Memories of this storm, Share some of them, and if you have photos share them as well.
Hope everyone have a Great Holiday Season, and Happy New Year's.
I think this was my favorite storm of all time. Most snow I ever received in one storm here in central montco. No snow blower at the time and my wife and I just kept shoveling over and over to keep up with it. Storm won in the end.
This was before the internet and was difficult to track. I remember they didn't really lock into it being a monster storm until the day before. I think it caught a lot of folks off guard.
Went to a friend's party in the Art Museum area that Saturday night - left about 2:30 am Sunday and we were surprised to see four inches of snow on the ground. Watched the snow build up all day Sunday - I lived at the Piers and there were ice flows on the Delaware River.
Monday morning, I trudged over the bridge to Market Street and caught the subway to 15th St to go to work at 1 Liberty - very weird as the only traffic was plows and emergency vehicles. Only about eight of us lived in the city and could make it in. We worked until about 1:00 and walked over to Houlihan's on Rittenhouse Square (now Devon) - and had lunch and lots of beers, then walked home on Market St - just us, plows and X-Country skiers.
I remember it well as my first born was to be Christened that day, my father's birthday. We had ordered food for 60 guests and a giant cake. Needless to say we cancelled as family could not travel. We called all of our neighbors (brand new homes built in the previous 8 months) and invited them all over. Watched the Eagles lose to Dallas (bummer) but partied until 3 AM. I laughed myself sick watching my neighbors stumble though waist high snow and higher drifts trying to get to their homes. We still talk about it EVERY time we get together.